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!''Film/TheExpendables''

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!!The Expendables

[[folder:The Expendables as a whole]]
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%%* {{Action Hero}}es
%%* BadassCrew
* BloodBrothers: Once you fight side by side with them, you are a brother (or sister) to them for life, even if you're not a part of the team.
* {{Combat Pragmatist}}s: Using mooks as human shields, drawing guns in hand to hand combat situations, improvising weapons from everyday objects, strikes to the groin...all par for the course with these guys.
* {{Cool Old Guy}}s: Before the addition of Liam Hemsworth and Yu Nan in the second film, Statham was the youngest actor in the group, he was 42 by the time of filming. Stallone is in his mid 60's, and Norris (the only cast member to have fought '''The''' BruceLee himself) is in his 70's.
* DysfunctionalFamily: They may argue, they may disagree, they may even ''fight'', but they really ''do'' love each other.
%%* HiddenDepths: The ''entire'' team.
* GenreSavvy: The Expendables seem to be fully aware that they're in an action movie, and take full advantage of it.
%%* ImprobableAimingSkills
%%* {{Invincible Hero}}es
%%* MadeOfIron
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: They're mercenaries.
* PunnyName: Toll Road, Hale Caesar, Yin Yang...
%%* RatedMForManly
%%* {{Stealth Expert}}s
* TookALevelInKindness: Everyone on the team except for [[TheSociopath Gunnar]] in the sequel.
* VitriolicBestBuds: They regularly insult and casually threaten to kill each another... But they're willing to die and kill for each other.
* WeaponOfChoice: While all of the Expendables use assault rifles and submachineguns as their primary weapons, each of them uses a particular signature weapon as well.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Barney Ross]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/SylvesterStallone
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The leader of the team, Ross is an aging pistolero and mercenary with a jaded attitude and the conviction that nothing he does is making the world a better place. He does possess an actual moral compass however, and tries to take jobs that hurt only the bad guys.
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* AFatherToHisMen: Forgives [[spoiler: Gunnar]] for betraying the group, and his main motivation in the second movie is [[spoiler: trying to avenge the death of Billy]]
%%* BadassGrandpa
* BadLuckCharm: His "lucky" ring...
* ChainPain: Uses one against [[spoiler:Vilain]].
* CigarChomper: Though not as much as Trench.
* CoolBike: Barney has a custom chopper that he built himself.
* CoolCar: Barney's truck is a custom 1955 Ford F100, with armor plating and bulletproof windows.
* CoolPlane: Barney has a sea plane with hidden machine guns. In the sequel, it has an artillery gun mounted in the nose.
* DespairEventHorizon: Barney goes through one in the third film when [[spoiler:Caesar is nearly killed by Stonebanks. Barney is so distraught that he temporarily disbands the Expendables and forms a new team of young recruits because he can't bear the thought of one of his friends being killed so close to retirement.]]
* GoodOldFisticuffs: His weapon of choice, according to the [[http://www.trackemfindemkillem.com/ official field guide]], is brass knuckles(though he seems to actually prefer his pistols to anything).
* GunsAkimbo: Barney often fights with a Colt M1911 in each hand.
%%* TheGunslinger
%%* TheHero
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Lee Christmas.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: This is why Barney rejects Maggie's advances.
* KeepTheReward: Gives his share of the money to Sandra, rather than keeping it for himself.
* KnightInSourArmor: He tries to be cynical and detached, but simply cannot stop himself from caring when it really does matter. In the rare, rare instances where his actions make a positive difference in the lives of decent people, his sour armor completely melts away.
* MeaningfulName: Barney Ross was the name of an American boxer from the 1930s. His name could be a reference to the fact that one of Sylvester Stallone's best known characters is a [[Film/{{Rocky}} boxer]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Barney loves to quick-draw his enemies using a snub-nosed Colt Single-Action Army.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Implied to have seen the death of ''so'' many brothers that he is able to keep his feelings ''completely'' in check when dealing with the loss of friends.
* WeaponOfChoice: Revolvers and pistols.
* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles:]] It's rare, but he shows a surprising tender warmth when he actually does get to make a ''positive'' difference in this world.
%%* WorthyOpponent: To Vilain.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: During his fight with Vilain, Ross charges Vilain and delivers a full on power slam.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lee Christmas]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/JasonStatham
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The youngest member of the original team, Lee Christmas is a career mercenary and blade specialist, who serves as Ross' NumberTwo and reality check. He has a rocky relationship with his girlfriend, Lacey.
----
%%* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* {{Badass}}: Being played by Creator/JasonStatham, it's pretty much a given.
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* DeadpanSnarker: Is he ever, and seeing as how it's Jason Statham.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Former SAS.
* KnifeNut: Lee appears to prefer using his throwing knives to any other weapon.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Barney Ross.
* TheLancer: Ross's quick-witted second-in-command who, despite his rough demeanor, would be willing to put his life on the line for the sake of his friends.
* MeaningfulName: A pretty obscure one. Lee Christmas was a mercenary during the real-life Banana Wars. GeniusBonus for history buffs, and a huge hint that the name is really an alias.
* MuggingTheMonster: Inverted. In ''The Expendables,'' [[RussianReversal monster mugs you!]]
* NumberTwo: Lee is this to Ross.
* OneManArmy: While all of the Expendables kill way, ''way'' more than their fair share of mooks, Christmas usually gets the lion's share; in the second movie he kills more than Toll, Gunnar, and Caesar put together - though about a third of those came from blowing up the bridge at the beginning of the movie. His kill count is well into ''triple'' digits ''before the opening credits.''
* ShowyInvincibleHero: Though most of the Expendables fit this already, Christmas is a particular example, with greater emphasis on theatrical techniques. Especially notable in the second movie, where Barney convinces him to do the whole church ambush by just appealing to his ego and the flashiness of the whole thing.
* WeaponOfChoice: [[KnifeNut Knives of all types]].
%%* WifeBasherBasher
%%* WarriorPoet: At the end.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yin Yang]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/JetLi
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The smallest and lightest member of the team, Yang is a close combat specialist who has known Ross since day one, and is the first one to follow him when he decides to go ahead with the mission to the island. He claims to have money problems, and is frequently mocked and belittled by Gunnar.
----
%%* AlliterativeName
%%* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* {{Badass}}: Goes without saying as a member of this crew. Not to mention that he's played by Jet Li.
* TheBusCameBack: Returns in the third movie, [[spoiler: working for Trench in the film's climax.]]
* BareFistedMonk: Though not above using guns and knives.
* DavidVersusGoliath: In his battle with [[spoiler:Gunnar. Although it's also an aversion of this trope; Yang would have been killed if Barney Ross hadn't intervened.]]
* DemotedToExtra: In the second movie, he leaves about ten minutes into the movie, and in the third, doesn't appear until near the end, where he's now working for Trench.
* FragileSpeedster: Not as muscular as the other Expendables, though he makes up for it with sheer speed. The sequel puts him firmly into LightningBruiser territory when he takes out a roomful of mooks alone with his bare hands and a pair of [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pans]] and comes out unscathed.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Uses ''two'' to take out five mooks in the opener of the sequel after his gun runs out of ammo.
* LargeHam: Especially when compared to most of Li's other roles.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight: Yang invokes this when he walks into a kitchen filled with knife wielding mooks and, being a true [[CombatPragmatist combat pragmatist]], immediately draws his pistol. ''[[SubvertedTrope Only it's empty after the first shot.]]''
%%* PintSizedPowerhouse
* PutOnABus: Appears in the opening sequence at the start of the second film, but parachutes into China with the rescued official and isn't seen again. Prior to his leaving Gunnar asks when he'll return, to which he replies "Maybe soon...maybe never." leaving it open for [[TheBusCameBack the bus to come back]].
* TokenMinority: The only Asian in the team. Lampshaded in ''The Expendables 2''. When asked by Gunnar who he'll get to pick on without him, Yin replies "You'll find another minority."
* UndyingLoyalty: To Ross. When the rest of the team decides that returning to Garza's island is insane, Yang insists on accompanying Ross. When asked why his only reply is "friends die together."
* WeaponOfChoice: [[BareFistedMonk His bare hands]], with a side of [[ImprovisedWeapon whatever is readily available]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Toll Road]]
->'''Played By''': RandyCouture
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A tough close-up combatant with a cauliflower ear and intellectual pretensions, Toll Road may actually be the best fighter on the team.
----
* BadassBeard: By the sequel.
* BadassBookworm: Toll Road is implied to be fairly well read. In the first movie, when the crew is heading back after their securing the hostage mission, most are maintaining their weapons or flying the plane while he is studiously reading a book with his reading glasses on.
* BadassGrandpa: Like many members of the team. Given that he's the one to eventually take out [[spoiler:Paine]], he may well be the most badass of them all.
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* BareFistedMonk: Generally punches, kicks, or throws Mooks rather than using guns or blades(not that he doesn't also carry and use both).
* TheBigGuy: Splits this role with Hale Caesar. Toll handles the closeup stuff, while Caesar is their artilleryman.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Clearly has pretensions of intellectualism, but never does anything to prove it.
%%* NiceHat
%%* TheSmartGuy
* WeaponOfChoice: Like Lee, [[BarefistedMonk his bare hands]], though with more emphasis on wrestling moves and throws than direct strikes.
%%* WrestlerInAllOfUs
* WrittenInInfirmity: Couture's cauliflower ears
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hale Caesar]]
->'''Played By''': Terry Crews
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The team artilleryman, Hale Ceasar never enters a fight without a grenade launcher, a shotgun, or some other devastating fire support weapon. He's one of the more cheerful members of the team, and in terms of sheer muscular power, the strongest.
----
%%* AwesomeMcCoolName
* AwesomeButImpractical: When he figures out using the AA-12 was a bad idea in closed quarters in the first movie.
%%* {{Badass}}
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* TheBigGuy: Splits this role with Toll Road, as the team's artilleryman. He's also Ross' go-to guy when freakish amounts of sheer physical strength are required.
%%* BoisterousBruiser
* CoolGun: His AA-12 shotgun [[note]]at least until Trench takes it away from him in ''The Expendables II'' and humorously crosses with CargoShip as Hale does not want to give it up to Trench[[/note]]. There's also his Milkor ''mutiple grenade launcher'' in ''The Expendables II'' that's loaded with ''buckshot'' rounds, though he actually only borrowed it from Gunnar.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DemotedToExtra: In the third movie, he [[spoiler:gets badly wounded by Stonebanks]] and [[spoiler:spends the majority of the film in the hospital to recover. He survives.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: A straight razor.
* KnifeNut: Though not as obsessed with blades as Lee Christmas, Hale's backup weapon of choice is a shaving razor. In the sequel he is also shown to carry a more normal combat knife.
%%* MoreDakka
%%* ScaryBlackMan
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Seems to think so, given his taste of using shotguns. [[spoiler:Even after losing his beloved AA-12 to Trench]], he gains a Benelli M4 Super 90 shotgun and uses the aforementioned buckshot MGL.
* TwoferTokenMinority: When Barney introduces the team to the villagers in the second movie as "Americans," most of the team corrects him. Hale's correction is to self-identify as a Blackfoot Indian, but it's hard to tell if he's serious or just being a smartass.
* WeaponOfChoice: [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Shotguns, whether semi-auto or an AA-12 automatic]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Gunnar Jensen]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/DolphLundgren
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A shellshocked lunatic with drug abuse and rage problems, Gunnar is a hulking bruiser who is willing to kill anybody, ally and enemy alike. He has issues with Yin Yang in particular.
----
%%* AxCrazy
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: He was shot and apparently killed by Barney after trying to kill Yin Yang. However, it was OnlyAFleshWound.]]
* {{Badass}}: The second movie shows us that he's just as badass as his teammates.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: for the first movie, at least.
%%* BloodKnight
%%* BoisterousBruiser
* BrilliantButLazy: Studied chemical engineering, before he quit to become a bouncer in order to impress a girl.
%%* ByronicHero
* CasanovaWannabe: Gunnar's attempts to flirt with Maggie always fall flat.
* CoolGun: In the sequel, he carries, as his primary weapon(!), a Milkor MGL multi-shot grenade launcher, during both the opening rescue (he loans it to Caesar after Trench takes his AA-12), and again carries it as his main gun during the airport shootout.
* DrugsAreBad: Gunnar has a recurring substance abuse problem (heavily implied to be crystal meth), which helps to explain some of his attitude problems.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:Despite betraying the team in the first movie, they don't seem to care much afterwards.]]
* GeniusBruiser: He's the team's chemical engineer, see ActorSharedBackground.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler: In the first movie, he leaves the group due to a falling out with Barney with his drug problem, and then joins Munroe's team, betrays them during a car chase to try to kill Barney and Yin Yang, and gets shot by Ross. By the end, Gunner is back with their good graces, and stays a face during the sequel.]]
* KnifeNut: Carries a huge bowie knife. During the climactic airport shootout in the sequel, this appears to be the ONLY weapon he is carrying as backup to his grenade launcher!
* LackOfEmpathy: Everyone, even ShellShockedVeteran Barney Ross, were horrified by the stories of Vilain's atrocities; Gunnar alone remains callously indifferent. Although he did appear to be legitimately saddened, and even seems to wipe a tear from his eye at [[spoiler: Billy's funeral]].
%%* MightyGlacier
%%* PsychoPartyMember
%%* ShotgunsAreJustBetter
* TokenEvilTeammate: [[spoiler: Before becoming one of the bad guys for a brief moment]].
* WeaponOfChoice: [[StuffBlowingUp Explosives and grenade launchers]]. Uses a sniper rifle in the third movie, probably in reference to promotional materials from the first film that described him as a sniper; he even mentions using a wrist-mounted computer to check weather conditions.
* WelcomeBackTraitor: Rejoins the team at the end of the first movie, having kicked his drug problem.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tool]]
->'''Played By''': Mickey Rourke

A former member of the team, Tool runs the tattoo parlour that the Expendables operate out of. He suffers from severe PTSD, which is why he had to leave the team in the first place.
----
* AbsenteeActor: For the sequel.
* TheCasanova: The first time we see Tool, he is accompanied by a gorgeous, buxom blonde young enough to be his daughter. And based on comments made by his friends he's quite good at seducing women... but not so good at keeping them.
* KnifeNut: Not to the same extent as Christmas, but he has his moments.
%%* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces
* ManlyTears: Lets out a few during his monologue
* MissionControl: Organizes the jobs that the Expendables go on
* MyGreatestFailure: Seeing a woman attempting suicide in Bosnia, and doing nothing to stop it.
* RealMenWearPink: Tool's obsession with "decorating" pretty much anything, whether it's Lee's head with a tattoo or a guitar he plans to smash once it's completed.
* RetiredBadass: A former member of the team, and if his knife-throwing is any indication, his skills are still sharp.
* RetiredMonster: How he views himself.
* SequelNonEntity: He is not referenced in the second or third movies.
* ShellShockedVeteran: To the point where he had to walk away from the team's jobs.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Billy "the Kid" Timmons]]
->'''Played By''': Liam Hemsworth
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A new recruit in the second film, Billy is an Afghanistan veteran whose faith in the US Army has been shattered. He doesn't yet know if the mercenary life is for him, but he doesn't have many other options.
----
* FriendlySniper: Outside of combat, he's one of these.
* TheHeart: He has yet to become as cold and cynical as the older team-mates.
%%* KillTheCutie
* NiceGuy: Especially when compared to his teammates.
* NewMeat: Though the Expendables aren't military, he seems to be their version of this - he's a new member of the group, doesn't seem to be as muscular as everyone else, and nicknamed "the Kid". He also refers to Ross as "Sir", whereas everyone else just calls him Barney.
* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler:He's not sure that the mercenary life is for him, and he's planning on finishing up at the end of the month.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Billy's death makes the mission to stop Vilain personal.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: An unusually young example, but the his time served in Afghanistan shattered his faith in the American Military. Also an unusual example in the nature of the trauma, his commanding officer refused to use artillery on Taliban fighters who were hiding amongst civilians, which would have been a serious war crime; this caused his entire team to be slaughtered, [[SurvivorGuilt leaving him with the guilt of failing them]]. Yet the selfsame officer [[KickTheDog murdered a stray puppy he adopted]] during that battle on the grounds that [[RealMenHateAffection an adorable baby animal would "soften" the soldiers]] and make them unfit for combat; an all too frequent and sad occurrence in the RealLife US Military.
* TagAlongKid: Pretty old for the usual example, but plays it straight nonetheless.
%%* TallDarkAndHandsome
%%* TheTropeKid
* WeaponOfChoice: Sniper rifles.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Maggie Chan]]
->'''Played By''': Nan Yu
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A CIA agent assigned to assist the team during the second film, Maggie is a technical genius, and a physical match for any of the men on the team.
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* ActionGirl: Completely ''shatters'' the stereotype of the 1980's Asian damsel in distress; aside from being pulled away from flying debris ''once'', she is intelligent, brave, ''completely'' independent and an '''equal''' to every male Expendable (and possibly even better when it comes to [[ColdBloodedTorture interrogation]]).
* BadassBookworm: Arguably more educated than every man on the team, a fact that Barney grudgingly shows respect for.
%%* BikerBabe
%%* TheComicallySerious
%%* CulturedBadass
* CunningLinguist: Speaks fluent English, French, Chinese, and Slavic languages.
* DragonLady: [[AvertedTrope Averted:]] Possibly the ''first'' female Asian warrior in an American film who kicks ass but is decidedly-''not'' a mean-spirited and cynical ice bitch.
* FireForgedFriends: After fighting side by side with our heroes.
* GeniusBruiser: The most technologically savvy of the cast.
* TheHeart: Aside from Billy The Kid, her empathy and connection to humanity is the ''least'' damaged of the band.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Maggie extracts crucial information from some of the bad guys using a torture kit containing several knives, scalpels, and other nasty-looking instruments (although it [[GoryDiscretionShot happens off-camera]]).
* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Lady Not-Appearing-In-This-Trailer]]: Despite her fairly major role in the movie (she's in it more than Jet Li), she wasn't included in the billing
* TheNotLoveInterest: Although there's definitely some romantic tension between Barney and Maggie, Barney refuses to let it go any further out of concern that he'll endanger her.
* OneOfTheBoys: Able to simultaneously take the immaturity of the men in stride ''and'' bond with them through the camaraderie of sharing dirty jokes.
* SixthRanger: Although not ''officially'' a part of the Expendables, she is implied to be this for the franchise should it ever continue:
--> '''Maggie''': If you're in trouble, call me or you're dead.
* TeamMom: Able to be an emotional center and conscience for the team AND still be a {{badass}} too.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only woman on the team; and a ''complete'' equal as a warrior to every male expendable. In every way. Including some truly awful dialogue early in the movie.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Galgo]]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/AntonioBanderas

A former Spanish Armed Forces sharpshooter and Bosnian War veteran who fears nothing, Galgo is sharp and charismatic, with a bark that matches his bite.
----
* BecauseImGoodAtIt: He claims this is the reason why he's a mercenary.
* BilingualBonus: His name translates to "Greyhound".
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: He quickly proves to be this, as none of the others can put up with his nonstop talking, but by the end, they've accepted him as a member of the team.
* HappyDance: Does one of these when Barney allows him to help out.
* MotorMouth: He never stops talking. Ever.
* QuickDraw: Skilled at this.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler: Of his former team; ever since this happened, he's been desperately looking for work to no avail.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Doc]]
->'''Played By:''' Wesley Snipes

One of the original five founding Expendables, Doc managed to get himself imprisoned after attempting a solo mission that went horribly wrong.
----
* BadassInDistress: part of the third film involves the Expendables rescuing him from a train filled with soldiers.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has a sense of humor to match even Lee's.
* KnifeNut: he's particularly skilled with [[Film/{{Blade}} blades]], describing himself as "[[JustForPun the knife before Christmas]]."
* TheMedic: The two reasons Ross gives for rescuing him are that he is a medic, and one of the original team members.
* UngratefulBastard: It takes him a while to actually thank the other guys for saving him, but after that, he's pretty nice.
[[/folder]]

!!Antagonists

[[folder:General Garza]]
->'''Played By''': David Zayas
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The military dictator of a small island nation, General Garza runs a repressive PoliceState, and is deeply involved in the South and Central American drug trade.
----
%%* AlasPoorVillain
%%* AntiVillain
* BadassBoast: Gives a good one at the end of his RousingSpeech.
--> "We will ''kill'' this American disease!"
%%* BadassMoustache
* BigBadDuumvirate: On the surface he and Munroe are this, but it becomes clear that Munroe holds the actual power in the relationship.
* CoolSword: When [[spoiler: Garza decides to be his own man and stand up to Munroe]], he does so carrying a sword.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: Munroe goes too far when he tortures Garza's own daughter for information, so Garza decides to stand up for himself. [[RedemptionEqualsDeath This ends poorly for him.]]]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His daughter, Sandra, is this to him.
--> "You don't kill your family."
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Disapproves of killing family members. He also seems to have a problem with the general level of callousness that Munroe displays; while Garza is willing to kill to maintain power, he's not nearly as casual about it as Munroe and Paine are.
* FourStarBadass: We never get to see him fight, but this is certainly implied. After all, when you're a twenty-first century dictator you don't threaten a man with a sword instead of a gun unless you're also a certified badass.
* TheGeneralissimo: Garza is one of the rarest characters in Western film--the sympathetic South American generalissimo.
* GloriousLeader: If the posters of him all over the island are any indicator.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:Killed by Munroe before he can complete his HeelFaceTurn or even realise that he and the Expendables are on the same side.]]
* HeelRealisation: [[spoiler:Following his MyGodWhatHaveIDone below.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Grows more and more unhappy with playing the role of the tyrannical oppressor. When Munroe has Sandra tortured it forces him into a HeelRealisation.]]
* NobleDemon: Though he's a dictator, he would rather be ruling peacefully than having to oppress his people and grow drugs for his CIA dealer. He even admits that his daughter is who he ''should'' have been.
* PoliceState: Runs one.
%%* PresidentEvil
* PuppetKing: Only in power thanks to Munroe's efforts.
%%* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RousingSpeech: Gives one to his troops from his balcony during his [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]], where he [[spoiler:apologises for his actions]] and urges them to help him drive the Americans out.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:James Munroe]]
->'''Played By''': Eric Roberts
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A rogue CIA agent, drug smuggler, private military contractor, and all around bad guy, James Munroe defected from the agency to help Garza run his drug business. Completely ruthless, he is the power behind the throne.
----
%%* BigBad: Of the first film.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Alluded to when talking about Sandra and how her relationship with her father:
--> '''Munroe''': How did two obvious professionals pass right through security personnel, kill 41 soldiers and get away? With help, that's how. Everything's under control, except one detail, a daughter who wants her father and company dead and gone. Bad Shakespeare. Somehow the company parasites got to her. Look, she's your daughter, and that's tragic. But blood or not, she's goes. Call it the price of doing business.
--> '''General Garza''': You don't kill your familia.
--> '''Munroe''': Come around my house during the holidays, pal.
* CIAEvilFBIGood: He's a former member of the CIA who went rogue for personal gain. However, the CIA in general is not exactly evil. It's shady, but Bruce Willis's CIA Agent character is still a heroic figure (especially in the sequel), and Sandra is a CIA contact.
* CombatPragmatist: Has no qualms about shooting someone in the back.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Has no idea why Ross comes after him, and is convinced that he must be doing it for the money. "What're they paying you anyway. I would have payed you twice as much. To go FISHING!"
* EvilCounterpart: Positions himself as one to Ross during his rant at the end. It would be more accurate to say that he's one to the team as a whole, as a CIA agent turned mercenary who is willing to cross far more lines than they are.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* {{Greed}}: His primary motivation is to make as much money as possible.
%%* TheHeavy: Of the first film.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Manages to not only [[spoiler:take out Garza and three guards while restraining a struggling Sandra with the other arm, but to do so before any of them can so much as raise their weapons, let alone return his fire.]]
* InTheBack: Shoots [[spoiler:Garza]] in the back.
%%* LargeHam
%%* TheManBehindTheMan: To General Garza.
* MeaningfulName: His name is suspiciously close to that of US President James Monroe, who proclaimed South and Central America to be the US's backyard, and started the American tradition of interfering in those countries.
* NonActionBigBad: Subverted. Munroe leaves the fighting to TheDragon and appears to be a noncombatant. Then he pulls out a gun and mows down an entire room full of guards in about ten seconds flat.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney[=/=]ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Wants to make a lot of money; doesn't care how he gets it.
* RogueAgent: A CIA operative turned drug smuggler.
%%* SinisterShades: On occasion.
%%* SmugSnake
* WouldntHitAGirl: [[ColdBloodedTorture Torturing her]], on the other hand, he has no problems with.
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[[folder:Daniel "Dan" Paine]]
->'''Played By''': [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]]
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Ex-US military, and with ties to the Central Intelligence Agency, Paine is a private military contractor and DrillSergeantNasty who Munroe brings in to act as his right-hand man, and train Garza's special force. A thug at heart, he handles the jobs that Munroe does not trust Garza's men to do properly.
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* {{Badass}}: The only character in either film to actually defeat one of the Expendables in a more or less fair fight. He's an evil, evil thug, but definitely a badass.
%%* BadassBeard
%%* BaldOfEvil
%%* BeardOfEvil
* ColdBloodedTorture: Of Sandra. The Brit does most of the work, but Paine still watches and provides assistance. He later starts to have Ross tortured as well.
* DavidVersusGoliath: The Goliath during his battles with both Ross and Toll Road.
%%* TheDragon: To Munroe
* DrillSergeantNasty: This part of his personality really shines through.
* DumbMuscle: Averted. Paine looks the part of the huge, unintelligent thug, but what dialogue he has, coupled with what Munroe says about him, suggests he's ex-US military and actually quite bright (he's the one who trained Garza's special forces for one thing).
* ManOnFire: [[spoiler:How Toll Road finally deals with him.]]
* NoSell: Pretty much shrugs off anything Ross throws at him.
* RogueAgent: Most likely, given his association with Munroe and clear US military experience.
* UseYourHead: Does this during his fight with Ross, ending the fight with a flying headbutt and tackle.
* WouldHitAGirl: Or waterboard her repeatedly.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Fights like the wrestler that he is, grappling with opponents, and taking Ross out with a flying tackle. Justified that he is played by a wrestler.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lawrence Sparks / The Brit]]
->'''Played By''': Gary Daniels

A British torturer and martial artist in Munroe's employ, Lawrence Sparks is in charge of interrogating prisoners, which he does with extreme relish.
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%%* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* [[AllThereInTheScript All There In The Website]]: According the promo material for the first Expendables' website his name is Lawrence Sparks.
* {{Badass}}: Takes on Lee and Yin at once and doesn't do too badly. Yeah, he's a badass.
* BadassMustache: Of the Handlebar Moustache type.
%%* TheBrute: To Munroe.
%%* EvilBrit: Duh.
* MadeOfIron: Kicked, beaten, and stabbed, and yet continues to get back up without any discernible damage having been sustained.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: During the film.
* SmugSnake: Along similar lines to his boss.
* TortureTechnician: Seems to be the one Munroe relies on the most when it's time to waterboard somebody.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jean Vilain]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme
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The villain of the second film, Jean Vilain is a mercenary and arms dealer who hopes to make a killing selling the lost plutonium to the highest bidder. He claims to admire and respect the Expendables, and views Ross as a worthy adversary.
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* ARealManIsAKiller: Firm believer of this.
%%* BadassGrandpa
%%* BadassLongcoat
* BigBad: Of the second film.
* BloodKnight: Absolutely overjoyed when he has to fight off Ross, and keeps demanding him to put up more of a fight.
* CardCarryingVillain: Aside from [[MeaningfulName his name]], he makes his group's symbol a goat's head which is shaped like a pentagram, refers to it as the pet of Satan.
* TheCoatsAreOff: During his confrontation with Ross.
* CoolShades: Wears them constantly until his final fight with Ross, even in a mine of all places.
* {{Determinator}}: Every bit as tough as the Expendables, and just as willing to power through the pain.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:When Barney's finally beaten him, he pulls himself back up and turns to face him, and accepts his impending death.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Along similar lines to [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Bane]], he acts like a cheerful chap who treats everyone very non-formally, and will often happily talk about philosophy. He also does so while brutally murdering innocent people.
* FisticuffsBoss: Goads Barney to fight him hand-to-hand at the end of the movie.
* {{Foil}}: As Vilain himself notes twice on the movie, both him and Ross are "Natural Warriors" who live their lives in battle and can do that job better than anyone else, but Vilain is a merciless BloodKnight with no moral boundaries whatsoever while Ross is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who always tries to help people when he can.
* HannibalLecture: This composes half of his dialogue.
%%* TheHeavy: Of the second film.
%%* KnifeNut
* LargeHam: Not usually, but he has his moments ([[NoIndoorVoice "OVER SO SOON? I WANT MY MONEY'S WORTH!"]])
* LightningBruiser: ''Very'' fast and agile, but also resistant enough to NoSell half of Ross' attacks and strong enough to throw him to the ground with one kick.
* MadeOfIron: Survives a fairly ridiculous amount of punishment in the final battle.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Van Damme is a polite and gracious gentleman who not only loves his fans, but [[AmicablyDivorced is best friends with his ex-wife]].
* MeaningfulName: Jean Vilain is the ''villain'' of the film. And he's played by Jean-Claude Van Damme.
%%* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
%%* ObviouslyEvil
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] - he tries giving one to Barney during their fight, but Barney won't die so easily
* SinisterShades: He even wears them when underground in a mine!
* TheSocialDarwinist: Gives off this vibe, particularly with his recurring "Man or sheep" [[HannibalLecture speech]].
--> '''Vilain''': Respect must be taught, for without respect, we're just people. Common, shitty people.
* TerroristsWithoutACause: Zigzagged. He seems very interested in selling the plutonium quickly and for a large amount of money, but never speaks of what he would plan to do with such money, and expresses excitement at what a potential 'game changer' introducing a large amount of such merchandise to the global power struggle would be.
* WorthyOpponent: Considers Barney one, enough so that when they finally face one another, he and Barney both discard their guns and knives and fight hand-to-hand.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hector]]
->'''Played By''': Scott Adkins
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Vilain's NumberTwo, Hector is his main enforcer, and handles most of the unit's intimidation. He and Lee Christmas quickly develop a mutual dislike of one another.
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* AllThereInTheScript: Never named in the film itself.
* {{Badass}}: Manage to held his ground against Lee during the finale.
%%* BeardOfEvil
* TheDragon: To Vilain - aside from being the only one of his minions [[NominalImportance with a name]], he is [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking easily the second most competent fighter]].
* EvilCounterpart: To Lee - both are [[KnifeNut Knife Nuts]] who are clearly the second-in-command in their group.
* KnifeNut: Rarely seen without one.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: It's difficult to tell where he's supposed to be from. The actor who plays him is British, but at times he sounds Russian.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Shoots a miner who's too tired to continue.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Buries the rest of the miners underground once the plutonium's been removed from the mine.
* YourHeadAsplode: how he meets his end, via helicopter blades.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Conrad Stonebanks]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/MelGibson

A founding member of the Expendables alongside Ross, Stonebanks became a ruthless arms trader. Believed to be dead for years, he re-emerged and is out to end the Expendables.
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* AndShowItToYou: "Why don't you cut me loose, I'll open your meat shirt and show you your own heart."
* BigBad: of the third movie.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: as a former Expendable, he's well aware of a lot of the conventions of this sort of thing, making sure that [[CombatPragmatist Barney]] is actually disarmed before he tries to beat him to death, and assuming that Barney's still alive when [[NeverFoundTheBody he can't find his corpse]].
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Feels sorry for Luna [[spoiler: when he holds the rookies hostage]], since he has a daughter of his own.
* EvilFormerFriend: To Barney Ross.
* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler: takes five bullets to the chest without body armor and survives long enough to taunt Barney before being finished off]].
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Aside from his art collecting, he's made billions from being an arms dealer, and from what little is seen of his personal life, it certainly shows.
* NotQuiteDead: Barney believes that he killed Stonebanks years ago, but he survived and continued working under a different name.
* NotSoDifferent: Claims that the only difference between himself and Barney is that Barney still has a conscience.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Expresses this in the climax.
-->"How hard can it be to kill ten men?"
** To demonstrate how easy it should be, [[YouHaveFailedMe he shoots several of his own.]]
* ToThePain: Fond of making threatening speeches detailing exactly how someone is going to suffer.
* WickedCultured: He collects art.
[[/folder]]

!!Others

[[folder:Sandra Garza]]
->'''Played By''': Gisele Itie

The daughter of General Garza, Sandra is a CIA informant who acts as the Expendables' guide to her father's domain.
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* AttemptedRape: Sandra almost falls victim to this in prison.
%%* TheChick
* DamselInDistress: in the end of the first film.
* MilitaryBrat: She is TheGeneralsDaughter.
* TheNotLoveInterest: There seems to be some chemistry between her and Ross, but nothing ever comes of it - his primary reason for saving her is that she's a resistance leader and because he knows he'll regret leaving her.
* RebelliousPrincess: Not really a princess, but given that she's the daughter of the leader of a military junta, she might as well be.
%%* SpicyLatina
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mr. Church]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/BruceWillis
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The CIA agent who first contracted the team, Church is a very dangerous man.
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* AFatherToHisMen: Church is very protective of Maggie, and warns Barney Ross there will be dire consequences if any harm comes to her.
* AscendedExtra: In the first movie Church only appeared in a single scene. In the sequel he's around a lot more.
* {{Badass}}: Made particularly clear in the first one, where he shares a scene with Trench and Barney, and quite clearly is recognized as the most dangerous person in the room.
%%* BadassGrandpa
%%* BadassInANiceSuit
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* TheCameo: For the first movie anyway.
* CIAEvilFBIGood: Averted. Although Church is indeed highly shady, and is kind of a JerkAss (albeit with [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a heart of gold]]), he is still AFatherToHisMen and is still genuinely trying to make the world a better place, with his support of the overthrowing of a [[TheGeneralissimo Latin American Dictator]] and his RogueAgent backer, and the prevention of 5 tons of weapons grade plutonium from falling into the wrong hands. He even picks up a gun and fights along with the heroes when Barney calls him a DirtyCoward in the sequel.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:After Barney Ross calls out Church as a coward who sends others to do his dirty work, Church picks up a gun and decides to fight alongside the heroes.]]
* IronicNickname: Given how foul-mouthed he is.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LineOfSightName: We first meet him inside a church.
* PutOnABus: The third movie quickly establishes that he's been replaced by Max Drummer.
** BusCrash: It's implied rather heavily by Drummer that Church is dead because he somehow managed to get on the CIA's bad side.
* SequelNonEntity: He does not appear in the third movie, though he is mentioned.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Trent "Trench" Mauser]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger
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A one-time friend of Ross', "Trench" Mauser runs his own mercenary group, and occasionally crosses paths with the Expendables.
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* AscendedExtra: Much like Mr. Church, Trench Mauser becomes a fairly important character in the sequel.
%%* BadassGrandpa
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler:Turns out to be the prisoner with a sack on his head in the sequel. The first thing he does once freed is ask for a big gun.]]
* {{BFG}}: His WeaponOfChoice. In the beginning of ''II'', he demands Hale to give him his AA-12 automatic shotgun, because he just won't use a gun that is not big. He's later seen with the same AA-12 complete with a BadassBandolier [[ActorAllusion much like]] [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} another sequel film of his]].
* BigDamnHeroes: In ''II'' after Barney and his team had been trapped with no way out by Vilian.
* TheCameo: For the first movie anyway.
* CigarChomper: Unless he's in the middle of a battle, Trench always has a stogie in his mouth.
%%* FriendlyEnemy: To Ross.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Trench runs his own crew, and is presumably out there doing the same sorts of things that the Expendables are. In the third movie, he's joined by Yang.
* MeaningfulName:
** Is Mauser as a last name merely a cliched stock reference... [[ActorAllusion or a portmanteau of]] [[Film/TotalRecall1990 'Mars' and 'Hauser'?]]
** "Trench" is also appropriate, considering how he [[spoiler: digs the crew out of the mine in the second movie]].
* WeaponOfChoice: An AA-12 shotgun. He initially takes Hale Caesar's, but he brings his own for the final battle in the second movie.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Booker]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/ChuckNorris
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A lone gunman for hire, Booker was hired to eliminate some of Vilain's men, putting him in contact with the Expendables.
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* TheAce: He makes everything he does look effortless. At one point he casually strolls by a line of enemies and wipes them out while barely looking at them or raising his gun.
%%* {{Badass}}
%%* BadassBeard
%%* BadassGrandpa
%%* BigDamnHeroes: ''Twice''.
* CombatPragmatist: He has no qualms with using one militiaman as a human shield while gunning down the rest, then tossing said militiaman into an airport x-ray scanner and shooting him.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: While the Expendables were doing their thing, he was already on his own separate mission fighting the Sangs. There are also stories told about him, despite having never met him, Gunnar has clearly heard of him, asking "Aren't you the one they call The Lone Wolf?".
* IWorkAlone: Says as much after saving the Expendables from the Sang.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The theme from ''TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.
%%* MemeticBadass: In universe. See ActorAllusion.
* OneManArmy: [[InvokedTrope Explicitly described as such]] on his official profile, and his first appearance backs it up, when he casually and singlehandedly wipes out a Sang force that is overwhelming all of the Expendables. [[RefugeInAudacity Including a tank.]] He only appears in the movie for five minutes, but in that time he kills more than half as many Sangs as Christmas does in ''the entire movie''.
* RedBaron: "Lone Wolf". He doesn't need teammates and works alone--he's a literal OneManArmy to the point of absurdity.
* UnflinchingWalk: At one point during the massive airport battle, he's shown casually walking along, firing his rifle one-handed from the hip and mowing down a dozen Sangs.
* WeaponOfChoice: A [=G36C=] assault rifle with multiple magazines clamped together.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Max Drummer]]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/HarrisonFord
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* AcePilot: Look at how he flies that Huey!
* CIAEvilFBIGood: Eventually averted with him; he's an elite-ranking CIA field officer, and unlike [[SmugSnake Monroe]] or [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Church]], he appears to firmly be one of the good guys.
* ItsPersonal: Stonebanks tortured and killed several of his agents, which is why he gets involved personally.
* IWasNeverHere: Says this before leaving with Trench [[spoiler:and Yang]] to provide back-up for the Expendables.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's rather cold to Ross when they first meet, but later goes out of his way to aide the Expendables, declaring it the most fun he's had in years.
* RetiredBadass: Formerly a highly-regarded Major in the United States Air Force.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: His weapon of choice is listed as a helicopter.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:John Smilee]]
->'''Played By:''' Kellan Lutz
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* BadassBiker: Ramps a bike up several stories in order to take out soldiers who have Barney cornered - he definitely counts.
* LeaderWannabe: Asks when he gets to take over at the end of the third movie, and he has problems with taking orders.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Luna]]
->'''Played By:''' Ronda Rousey
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* ActionGirl: Of course.
* BareFistedMonk: her weapon of choice on the official website is listed as "her bare fists, forearms, [[LongList shins, thighs, feet, etc.]]"
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Much like Maggie in the second film, she's the only woman on the team in the third one, and is [[spoiler:apparently there to stay for a while.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mars]]
->'''Played By:''' Victor Ortiz
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* TheQuietOne: Generally the least talkative of the new recruits, [[DescriptionPorn unless he's talking about the weapons that he designed]].
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Uses one in the climax of the third movie.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He's afraid of heights.
** InformedAttribute: This never gets mentioned in the movie, though two big scenes with him involve skydiving and climbing down a building.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Thorn]]
->'''Played By:''' Glen Powell
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* GadgeteerGenius: He prefers drones and computer hacking over handling weaponry.
* NonActionGuy: Relatively speaking; he does not get as involved in the action as much as the others, preferring to use his skills with drones and computers.
* PlayfulHacker: Shut down Seattle for three days [[ItAmusedMe because he could]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bonaparte]]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/KelseyGrammer
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* KnowledgeBroker: The team goes to him for new members.
* YouSeeImDying: [[spoiler: Subverted; he just claims to be to mess with Barney.]]
[[/folder]]

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